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SEA DOG THEATER PRESENTS

'THE RARE BIOSPHERE' 

BY CHRIS CRAGIN-DAY

when: April 25th - May 19th

61 Gramercy Park North, NYC

Featuring Natalia Plaza and Zac Owens

Directed by Christopher J. Domig

Sophie, a bright Honduran-American teenager, comes home from high school to find that her parents have been deported. She immediately goes into bunker-down survival mode, trying to care for her younger siblings without raising suspicion and considering her next move. Her plan is complicated by a well-meaning high school friend who, in a series of attempts to ask her out, discovers her secret.


PERFORMANCE DATES

Thursday, April 25th at 8PM SOLD OUT

Friday, April 26th at 8PM

Saturday, April 27th at 3PM

Saturday, April 27th at 8PM

Sunday, April 28th at 8PM OPENING*

Wednesday, May 1st at 8PM

Thursday, May 2nd at 8PM

Friday, May 3rd at 8PM

Saturday, May 4th at 3PM *Ticket sharing with Mother To Mother Brooklyn, a non-profit that supports immigrant mothers with ESL classes and childcare.

Saturday, May 4th at 8PM

Wednesday, May 8th at 8PM

Thursday, May 9th at 8PM

Friday, May 10th at 8PM

Saturday, May 11th at 3PM *Ticket sharing with FeLT NYC, a non-profit created by women to support immigrants and refugees through ESL and practical workshops.

Saturday, May 11th at 8PM

Wednesday, May 15th at 8PM

Thursday, May 16th at 8PM

Friday, May 17th at 8PM

Saturday, May 18th at 3PM *Ticket sharing with Restoration Immigration Legal Aid, a volunteer-based non-profit that provides pro bono legal assistants to immigrants and refugees in the Arlington and DC area.

Saturday, May 18th at 8PM* Cancelled

Sunday, May 19th at 8PM CLOSING


CREATIVE TEAM

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CHRIS CRAGIN-DAY (Playwright) is an alumna of The Public’s EWG (The River Nun, 2009 Spotlight Series) and O’Neill NMTC (Son of a Gun, co-writer Don and Lori Chaffer). Her play, Martin Luther on Trial, developed with Max McLean, had an Off-Broadway run in 2017, a National Tour in 2017 and is currently on its second national tour. Her play, A Woman, was part of 59E59th’s Summer Shorts 2017 and just received a reading of the full-length version at The Sheen Center. Her play, Foster Mom, won Premiere Stage’s New Play Award and received a production there September 2017. Her musical, The Unusual Tale of Mary and Joseph’s Baby, (co-written with Don Chaffer), played in the 2016 NYC Fringe, had a mid-west tour by River and Rail Theater in 2017, and has another tour in the works for 2018. Her play, The Rare Biosphere, was part of  Luna Stage’s 2017 New Moon Series. Her play, Tornado, was part of Luna Stage’s 2018 Lab Series. Chris is an Associate Professor of English and Theater at The King's College NYC. www.chriscragin-day.com

CHRISTOPHER DOMIG (Director) is an actor and Artistic Director of Sea Dog Theater in New York City. Recent acting credits include: The Waste Land: A Performance/Installation at FringeNYC, English World Premiere of Dirt in New York (59E59, 4th Street Theater), Edinburgh (Gilded Balloon), Vancouver (Pacific Theatre), Berlin (ETB), and London (Arcola Theatre). Recent TV: Blue Bloods, Boardwalk Empire, Black List, Law & Order: SVU and Blindspot. BFA: Wheaton College, MFA: Southern Methodist University. www.christopherdomig.com

JANELLE GARCIA DOMIG (Producer)  is a Mexican-American theater producer and co-founder of Sea Dog Theater. Last year, she produced “Danny and the Deep Blue Sea” by John Patrick Shanley which received Outstanding Revival of a Play and Outstanding Director at the NY Innovative Theater Awards, along with five other nominations for Sound Design, Set Design, Lighting Design, Best Actress and Best Actor. She produced the World Premieres of “Dirt” by Robert Schneider, an award-winning play about an illegal Iraqi immigrant struggling to eke out an existence in the Western World (NYC: Winner Best Actor NY Fringe Festival, London, Berlin and Vancouver), and “The Waste Land: A Performance/Installation” based on a poem by T.S. Eliot at the New York Fringe Festival in 2016. She previously worked at Apartment Therapy Media in Operations and at Rabbit Bandini Productions as Assistant to the Producers, where she coordinated festival runs for the films of director James Franco at the Berlinale, Cannes, SXSW, and Tribeca Film Festivals. Janelle was born in raised in Corpus Christi, Texas and studied Film at Baylor University. While a student she interned at the New York Mayor’s Office of Film, Theater & Broadcasting and Focus Features. She is a member of the National Association of Latino Arts and Culture.

NATALIA PLAZA (Sophie) Off Broadway: Othello (Emilia), Dorothy in Oz (Miss Gates). Off Off Broadway: DetainedThe School for Husbands, Uncommon Women and Others, Hotel Paradiso. Film:Execution, "Before the Court", ACTION!!! and Psycho Chicks Anonymous. Natalia won 3rd place in the NBC/Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre Diversity Scholarship Showcase in 2015 and is a proud graduate of the William Esper Studio where she trained under Suzanne Esper. Natalia is beyond thrilled to be originating the role of Sophie Cabrerra and gives her deepest thanks to Chris, Chris and Sea Dog Theater. Follow Natalia on Instagram @nataliaiplaza www.nataliaplaza.com

ZAC OWENS (Steven) is a recent college graduate from The King’s College. There he was John Merrick in The Elephant Man, John Proctor in The Crucible, The Nasty Interesting Man/Child, Lord of the Underworld in Eurydice and was Artistic Director for their 2017/2018 season. He has also played Benjamin, Micah and Naphtali in Theater 315’s production of The Unusual Tale of Mary and Joseph’s Baby by Chris Cragin Day, and got his play A Time Traveler’s Conversations with His Shrink produced at Shetler Studios with the help of Firebone Theater, Chris Cragin Day and the brilliant director Bryan Hunt. He is thrilled to be a part of this production and as a world traveler himself knows how important it is to discuss the flaws and issues with immigration firsthand.

GUY DE LANCEY (Scenic Design) is an award-winning producer, editor, cinematographer, photographer, light and set designer as well as an actor. At the heart of all his pursuits, which span a variety of roles in theatre, film and TV, is the art of storytelling. Earlier this year, he was nominated for a Fleur du Cap for Best Supporting Actor and Best Lighting Design (together with Luke Ellenbogen) for his involvement in Louis Viljoen‘s The Pervert Laura. He studied at Rhodes University, New York University and Benetton’s Fabrica Arts and Communication Research Centre and his recent directing, acting and design credits include; Shakespeare’s King Lear (This time it Hurts), Urban Death, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Highway Crossing, As You Like It, Glengary Glen Ross and Through the Looking Glass. Guy is often vocal about the inequalities present in the South African theatre industry and doesn’t shy away from expressing scepticism when it comes to artistic accolades or the nature of creative institutions.

HARRISON CORTHELL (Stage Manager) is grateful to be joining Sea Dog Theater for the first time. Select regional credits include: A Streetcar Named Desire, Spring Awakening, The Skin of Our Teeth, Amahl and the Night Visitors, A Christmas Carol: The Opera, Cowgirls, Ion, Herakles, Titus Andronicus, and Art. Harrison is currently pursuing a Master of Fine Arts at Columbia University. He moonlights as a National Park Ranger at Statue of Liberty National Monument. www.harrycorthell.com

JACK MERIWETHER (Assistant Stage Manager) is a poet and performance artist from Ohio living in New York City. Their writing can be found in The CollagistBodega, and The Fanzine, among others. Jack's chapbook Dear Husband is available online from The Dandelion Review. Read more about Jack's work at jackmeriwether.com

EMILY WHITE (Costume Design) is a New York based freelance costume designer. Originally from Northern Minnesota, she values work that is collaborative and innovative. Recent projects include Danny and the Deep Blue Sea with Sea Dog Theater, Conform, a new play in development at Muhlenberg College, and Cereals, a collection of children’s plays at the Flea Theater. Other work includes The Blueprint, by Idris Goodwin, and Male Continence, a movement based found text piece in HERE Arts Sublet Series. Formerly based in San Francisco, she designed the American premiere of Samuel Gallet’s Communiqué n° 10 at the Cutting Ball Theater, as well as work for The Breadbox Theater Co and Z Space. She has an M.F.A. in theater design from NYU.

TYE HUNT FITZGERALD (Sound Design) is a conceptual and reinforcement sound designer. Design credits include: Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me (Cherry Lane Studio); An Enemy of the People (Yale Repertory Theatre); Passion (Yale School of Drama); Feral Child, Concord Floral (Suburban Beast Theatre). Associate Design: White Noise (The Public). Assistant Design: Fetch Clay, Make Man (Dallas Theatre Center); Alice By Heart (MCC); Eve’s Song (The Public). Tye is a graduate from the Sound Design department at Yale School of Drama.

KATIE ROSIN/KAMPFIRE PR (Press) Kampfire PR is a full service Marketing and Public Relations agency founded by Katie Rosin, offering exceptional and custom campaigns for each client’s unique needs and projects. Rosin was instrumental in the launch of the Broadway musical Brooklyn and the National Tour of Mother Load. She worked on the publicity team for the comedian, Jerry Seinfeld, and his movie Comedian. Antonio Miniño later joined the Kampfire Team, after having produced and marketed various fashion shows, theatrical productions, as well as produced and hosted for the award winning Fashion TV. Together they have represented companies of all levels, genres and aesthetics in the Arts. 

LEA FULTON (Movement and Choreography)

JENNIFER HIBBS (Artistic Associate) is indigenous to Portland, Maine. She traded in her accent for a B.F.A. in Acting at Marymount Manhattan College. She spent many years in the improv and sketch comedy world and continued her acting studies at Michael Howard Studios. For the last few years, she has studied photography and painting. Last spring you may have seen her in Sea Dog Theater's reading of Middletown. She is so excited and so grateful to be joining the core team at Sea Dog Theater as their artistic "Gal Friday" and to be the assistant director and stage manager of Danny and the Deep Blue Sea. 

WHITNEY BAHR (Audience Development) is a graduate from the University of Florida where she studied Family, Youth, and Community Science and Theater. She is a trained vocalist, writer, and actor, her writing including music pieces, lyrics, and stage productions. She has performed across the nation, including Disney and Carnegie Hall, always entering into her work with a desire to deeply understand people and connect them to the most beautiful parts of life. Whitney has worked in several nonprofits, specializing in donor communications, event coordinating, and publicity. She was the Founder and Director of Art in Motion Theater Camp in Florida and the Director of the Man Up, Speak Up Camp with The Women’s Center - where she worked to co-create several Public Service Announcements that premiered on MTV, city billboards, and YouTube. Whitney’s passion is to use the arts as a way of uncovering truth, both the beautiful and the brutal.

PEYTON PRICE (Intern) is a student at The King’s College in Manhattan.

ANNA HOPSON (Assistant Stage Manager/Intern) is a student at The King’s College in Manhattan.

Photo from our first informal reading in March 2018

Photo from our first informal reading in March 2018

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